Tequila Reposado 2020

Best Reposado Tequila - 2020


The Fifty Best Reposado Tequila Tasting 2020



The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 9 reposado tequilas with ten members of our spirits judging panel. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Strict tasting rules were applied. Each of the tequilas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles and served at room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the highest. Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The municipalities of origin and alcohol proofs are identified for each brand. Clicking on the brand names links to their websites.


El Mayor Reposado
(Arandas, Jalisco)

Nose: Melon, cantaloupe, tropical fruit, lemon, citrus, agave, honey, vanilla, floral, sage, earth, salty, smoke, subtle wood, lightly woody, sweet oak.
Palate: Toffee, cocoa powder, vanilla, cream, baking sugar, honey, agave, honeydew, citrus, bright lime peel, herbal, coffee, spice, briny, olives, bell pepper, salt, earth, smoke, balanced oak, silky, smooth.
Finish: Subtle vanilla, confectioner’s sugar, crispy citrus, balanced citrus, bell pepper, cinnamon, spicy, soft oak, creamy, smooth, pleasant, perfect, excellent.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

   El Mayor Reposado Tequila

Herradura Reposado
(Amatitán, Jalisco)

Nose: Caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, cooked agave, sweet agave, raw agave, citrus, charred lemon, vegetal, herbs, fresh mint leaf, peppermint, Big Red gum, cinnamon, spice, toasted nut, coffee, earth, smoky, woody, rich.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, honey, vanilla, creamy, buttered popcorn, buttery agave, raisins, orange peel, citrus, ripe melon, herbal, peppers, spicy cinnamon roll, spice notes, soy, roasty notes, faint smoke, charred oak, oak.
Finish: Toffee, burnt caramel, honey, buttery, vanilla, citrus, herbal, mint, cinnamon, white pepper, black pepper, smoked pecans, roasty, savory, smooth, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Herradura Reposado Tequila

Hotel California Reposado
(Zapotlanejo, Jalisco)

Nose: Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, Werther’s Originals, chocolate, creamy, vanilla, maple, honey, orange marmalade, sweet agave, citrus, lime, lemon, lemon blossom, herbal, dough, green pepper, light brine, earth.
Palate: Caramel, brown sugar, powdered sugar, clotted cream, creamy, vanilla, raisins, dried fruit, agave, lime peel, citrus, herbs, rose, bell pepper, pepper, black pepper, smoky, cedar, hints of oak, smooth, zesty.
Finish: Lingering honey, vanilla, agave, orange blossom, bright citrus, mint, pepper, peppery, woody, balanced, clean, nice, smooth, well made, beautiful.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Hotel California Reposado Tequila


Exotico Reposado
(Arandas, Jalisco)

Nose: Bright caramel, nougat, vanilla, rich agave, melon, lime, crisp citrus, mint, herbal, dried herbs, jasmine, pepper, black pepper, earth, woody, smoky wood, hint of oak.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, clover honey, sweet agave, cooked agave, creamy coffee, coffee, black licorice, herbal, lemon, lime peel, citrus, green pepper, clove, tobacco, tannins, slight brine, roasted notes, camp fire, woody, oak, smooth.
Finish: Honey, vanilla, dried fruit, hints of melon, anisette, herbs, hints of Brazilian nuts, pepper, black pepper, nice spice, slightly briny, roasted, faint smoke, tannins, oaky, creamy, very smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Exotico Reposado Tequila

Cazadores Reposado
(Arandas, Jalisco)

Nose: Caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, honey, raw honey, coconut, roasted figs, dried apricot, agave, lemon, citrus, light seaweed, spice, briny.
Palate: Butterscotch, hint of caramel, brown sugar, peanut brittle, vanilla, confectioner’s sugar, honey, raisin, agave, orange peel, lemon, citrus, herbal, peppermint, black pepper, salty, briny, wood, oak, viscous, creamy, soft, easy sipper.
Finish: Lingering honey, lemon, spicy, peppery, salty, hints of oak, cedar, nice heat, smooth with a backbone.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Cazadores Reposado Tequila

Mar Azul Reposado
(Amatitán, Jalisco)

Nose: Toffee, creamy, caramel, vanilla, honey, raisins, banana peel, ripe agave, citrus, slightly floral, herbal, mint, eucalyptus, grass, green olive, bell peppers, red pepper flakes, spice, earth, ash, woody, oak.
Palate: Crème brûlée, burnt sugar, sugar cookie, honey, ripe agave, herbs, unusual herbs, almond, coffee, spice, charred peppers, hint of brine, leather, tobacco, earth, smoke, woody, oak, layers of flavor, extremely smooth.
Finish: Agave, honey, mint, pepper, spicy, earth, smoky, woody, hints of oak, cedar notes, balanced, flavorful, smooth, clean, fresh, unusual, unique, elegant, delicious.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Mar Azul Reposado Tequila

Don Fulano Reposado
(Tequila, Jalisco)

Nose: Toffee, brown sugar, buttery, soft vanilla, honey, tropical fruit, agave, orange peel, lime, lemon zest, light citrus, floral, herbs, almonds, coffee, hints of tobacco, notes of cinnamon, hint of spice, grass, minty, light camphor, slate, earth.
Palate: Butterscotch, honey, dried fruit, agave, lime, citrus, herbal, dry herbs, mint, bell pepper, vegetal, spice, spicy, black pepper, tobacco, salted pretzels, earth, smoke, oak, soft.
Finish: Light agave, raisins, honey, herbs, mint, pepper, spice, hints of oak, woody, clean, soft, smooth, elegant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Don Fulano Reposado Tequila


El Jimador Reposado
(Amatitán, Jalisco)

Aroma: Apricot, banana, melon, sweet tea, agave, roasted lime peel, citrus peel, citrus, herbal, grass, potpourri, dried leaves, twigs, earth, briny, touch of smoke, subtle oak.
Palate: Dried fruit, raisin, brown sugar, honeydew melon, orange peel, agave, almond, anise, floral, herbs, herbal, grassy, hints of spice, vegetal, briny, earth, light oak, velvety.
Finish: Agave, citrus, spicy, peppery, black pepper, oak, nicely balanced, complex, soft, smooth, approachable, great sipper.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

El Jimador Reposado Tequila




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